Equipment and Calendar


  • Only one person at a time will be allowed in the room. Under circumstances where multiple pieces of equipment are in the same room more than one user can be present but they must maintain at least 6 feet of separation between them.  If this is not possible then only one person can be in the room at any given time.
  • Washing of hands before entering the room and after leaving the room is REQUIRED.
  • Materials (Disinfecting wipes or 70% ethanol) to disinfect the equipment/computers are available in each room and users are REQUIRED to disinfect equipment before and after use. Please spray ethanol on a towel and wipe off items vs. spraying the ethanol directly on the equipment. 
  • Here is a good article on properly sanitizing a microscope, that can be applied to other equipment.

Core users who have filled out a Vision Core Request For Services Form have access to the following equipment:

Medical Sciences Center (Bardeen, SMI, Medical Sciences and Medical Sciences Center Complex) – 1300 University Avenue

Reserve time on the Andor and Zeiss Scopes or Imaris and Zen analysis workstations (trained users only) : FOM calendar and tracking software  (please contact Inna Larsen for account setup)

Clinical Sciences Center – 600 Highland Ave

  • Zeiss Axiophot microscope for light and fluorescence microscopy
  • Fundus camera
  • Electrophysiology equipment for mfERG, ffERG, PERG, PVEP
  • Ultrasound biomicroscope
  • Fluorotron master fluorophotometer
  • Sonometrics SBR-300 A-scan ultrasonograph
  • Slit lamps with Goldmann applanation tonometer
  • Hartinger coincidence refractometers
  • Keeler instruments indirect ophthalmoscope
  • Zeiss Op-Mi 6 operating microscope

WIMR – 1111 Highland Ave

  • WIMR Optical Imaging Core located on Floor 2 of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, offers imaging services on three microscopes systems, (1) a Leica SP8 3X STED Super-resolution microscope, (2) Nikon A1RS confocal microscope, and (3) Leica DMi8 inverted fluorescent microscope. In addition to training and usage on these systems, we offer many companion imaging and prep services. Powerful computing equipment is also available for advanced image processing and analysis.
  • Heidelberg Spectralis HRA + OCT  provides multi-modality imaging of the eye using a spectral-domain OCT integrated with confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy.  Multi-modality imaging offers insights into structure, function and metabolic activity of the retina. The Spectralis provides point-to-point correlation between fundus and OCT scans, producing an unmatched overall perspective of the retina and optic nerve head.
  • LiCor Odyssey CLx uses near-infrared fluorescence to provide sensitivity equal or better than chemiluminescence giving you low background, high signal-to-noise, multiplexed detection, and the sensitivity of any fluorescent system.  The Odyssey CLx System can be used for many applications, including Western blot analysisEMSAprotein arraysIn-Cell Western™ AssaysOn Cell Western AssaysNucleic acid gel documentationin vivo imagingCoomassie gel documentationRNAi analysis, and tissue section analysis.
  • Zeiss OMPI Lumera Operating Microscope and Image capture system for ocular surgical procedures in animals
  • Zeiss Axioimager Z2  with apotome – upright microscope for brightfield and epifluorescence microscopy
  • Zeiss Axiovert inverted microscope for brightfield and epifluorescence microscopy.  Has a live cell imaging chamber.
  • Zen analysis workstation for the Zeiss inverted and upright scopes
  • Olympus BX40 brightfield microscope with an Olympus DP26 5 megapixel color camera and Olympus cellSens digital imaging software.
  • Logos Biosystems X-Clarity II Tissue Clearing Processor –  Embeds tissues in a hydrogel matrix and extracts lipids to create a transparent tissue-hydrogel hybrid that can be labeled with antibodies and imaged.